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V - The Final Battle: (Box Set) [DVD] [2002]
V - The Final Battle: (Box Set) [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Michael Durrell
Price: £5.40

10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars very very disappointing, 29 Mar. 2003
Not a patch on the 2 part "Mini Series" DVD which came out last year – that was worth the entry fee alone for the superb commentary by writer/director Kenneth Johnson. Alas, he'd left the programme before "The Final Battle" was made due to 'creative differences' so this is a very watered down version of the much creepier original. By Part 3, the rot has well and truly set in and the ending is just pretty much unwatchable to me. I still can't believe they carried it further and made a whole series after this – if it ever gets issued on DVD I certainly won't be buying it...
On this DVD there are no frills whatsoever – just simple scene selection and the usual tacky 'cast and credits' still screens... I was initially chuffed to see that these episodes are in Widescreen though... Oh, hang on a minute – widescreen TV didn't exist when this programme was made? Oh yeah, this is just the old VHS version with the top and bottom of the screen cut off so you get less than before. Hmmm, I think I'll keep my original tapes.
Just like those video releases a few years ago the "endings" to the episodes from the original TV showing (which give a preview of the next episode) are still there – but, I'm disappointed that the similar "intro" sequences at the beginnings haven't been restored this time round...
All in all, a pretty disappointing release


Portishead - PNYC - Live At The Roseland Theatre [1998] [DVD]
Portishead - PNYC - Live At The Roseland Theatre [1998] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Portishead
Price: £9.22

5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pity about a couple of things..., 13 May 2002
about time this was released - a brilliant concert (apart from the last couple of songs which are completely ruined by the american audience clapping very badly along to them - grrrr)
I would give this 5 stars as the extras are great too but... why isn't the promo video for their most famous single "Glory Box" included? A criminal oversight :(


Surrender
Surrender
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £4.88

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars what a let down..., 11 Nov. 2001
This review is from: Surrender (Audio CD)
The first time I heard "Dig Your Own Hole" I HATED it! It was hard-as-nails noise and it just gave me a headache. However, as with all great albums it took a while to grow on me and I now regard it as one of the best dance albums ever...
that was then, this is now...
The first time I heard "Surrender" I HATED it. And, I'm sorry to say that this time it didn't grow on me. What went wrong? The Chems practically invented big-beat and now seem so ashamed of it that they went out of their way to change their sound - result? They sound BLAND!!??
"Hey Boy Hey Girl" is a guaranteed dancefloor filler (and I know because I've played it enough times) however I still think it's without doubt the worst single by them yet. It's just so damned cheesy - if they're taking the p**s then I'm sorry but I don't get the joke... "Let Forever Be" is ok, but it sounds like Noel G telephoned his vocal in.
There are a few decent tracks - "Out Of Control" is brilliant though hardly original, "The Sunshine Underground" is a nice little epic. Ditto "Got Glint?" The title track "Surrender" has summat too...
The rest...? Sorry, but it leaves me cold. I've played this album a lot over the last two years but it's never got me. Here's hoping the forthcoming album is better...


Surrender
Surrender
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £4.88

0 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars what a let down..., 11 Nov. 2001
This review is from: Surrender (Audio CD)
The first time I heard "Dig Your Own Hole" I HATED it! It was hard-as-nails noise and it just gave me a headache. However, as with all great albums it took a while to grow on me and I now regard it as one of the best dance albums ever...
that was then, this is now...
The first time I heard "Surrender" I HATED it. And, I'm sorry to say that this time it didn't grow on me. What went wrong? The Chems practically invented big-beat and now seem so ashamed of it that they went out of their way to change their sound - result? They sound BLAND!!??
"Hey Boy Hey Girl" is a guaranteed dancefloor filler (and I know because I've played it enough times) however I still think it's without doubt the worst single by them yet.
There are a few decent tracks - "Out Of Control" is brilliant though hardly original, "The Sunshine Underground" is a nice little epic. Ditto "Got Glint?" The title track "Surrender" has summat too...
The rest...? Sorry, but it leaves me cold. I've played this album a lot over the last two years but it's never got me. Here's hoping the forthcoming album is better...


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